Marble, Limestone, Travertine: Explained
Marble, Limestone, Travertine: all are natural stone which are used in to make beautiful tiles. But what are the differences between them? And how do you know which to choose?
Marble is a stone comprised mostly of calcite, dolomite, or a combination of the two. Marble forms when natural pressure and heat buildup and recrystallize limestone; as such, marble is a form of metamorphosed limestone, and shares many characteristics of limestone. It is, however, widely considered to be more aesthetically pleasing than limestone. Marble is prized for its strength, beauty, fire-resistance, and erosion-resistance. For kitchen use, marble should be honed and sealed.
Pros: highly resilient, aesthetically stunning
Cons: prone to scratching and staining, absorbs water, expensive
Limestone is usually grey in color, though variations between white to black are seen, and it is predominantly made of calcite. It forms at the bottom of lakes and oceans, and fossils of ancient shellfish and invertebrates are cemented together by dissolved minerals. It is easy to carve, yet is a very resilient stone. It is not recommended for kitchen use as a general rule as it stains easily.
Pros: beautiful colors and patterns, resilient
Cons: absorbs water
Travertine is a type of sedimentary limestone which has formed over a protracted time period. It forms when mineral springs or geysers force themselves to percolate through limestone, and bring dissolved minerals in layers to the surface. Less dense than marble, it is very porous and with many visible holes or pockmarks, it may be filled or left in its natural state for a very rustic appearance with a matte finish. Colors range from ivory to a golden brown hue.
Pros: soft feel underfoot, variable patterns and colors from which to choose, non-slippery, looks amazing for a very long time and ages well
Cons: easily stained and scratched
All of these stone varieties are suitable for a range of interior and exterior applications, including flooring, wall cladding, fireplace surrounds, and vanity countertops.
Natural stone brings nature’s textures and colors into the home, and brings a warmth and quality to a space like no other material. Natural stone tile is the premium choice for decorating your home, with an appeal that will both last and be stylish for years.